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Congress should reject misguided self-driving vehicle legislation

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) issues this statement opposing the SELF DRIVE Act: “The SELF DRIVE Act, which is designed to facilitate the early deployment of self-driving vehicles on our roads, fails to adequately address the long-term impacts this technology will have on American workers and safety. […]

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Statement on Air Carrier Worker Support Extension Act of 2020

Unless Congress acts now, hundreds of thousands of transportation workers will be forced into unemployment on October 1, sending our economy reeling. These workers are doing their jobs and keeping our country moving through this economic and public health crisis. Now they need Congress to do their jobs by passing this PSP extension along with other vital economic relief.

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Honoring the Life and Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement: “Today, as we mourn the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we pause to reflect on the life, career, and legacy of one of the greatest jurists of our time. “Justice Ginsburg was a pioneer in her field who […]

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Senate was right to reject McConnell’s ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Relief Bill

We applaud the senators who stood in clear opposition to Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s so-called ‘skinny’ coronavirus relief bill. The mere mention of a ‘skinny’ response to this crisis is an affront to the American people, and lawmakers were right to reject it.

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Saluting Transportation Workers on Labor Day

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) issues this statement honoring working people on Labor Day: “As our nation pauses to celebrate the sacrifices and achievements of working people, we cannot ignore the realities of the crisis we face. This week, the United States surpassed 6 million confirmed cases […]

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Amtrak Layoffs Unacceptable and Avoidable

Washington, DC — Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement following Amtrak’s announcement of furloughs beginning October 1: “For more than 40 years, Amtrak – powered by a dedicated and skilled workforce —has provided reliable, efficient passenger rail service to communities across this country. Now, facing a crisis unlike any […]

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Transportation Labor Congratulates Biden, Harris on Democratic Nomination

Washington, DC — Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement congratulating Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris on their presidential and vice-presidential nominations: “This week history was made when working families, voters, parents, teachers, delegates, and other leaders in the Democratic Party voted to nominate Vice President […]

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Trump Executive Orders Will Harm, Not Help

Washington, DC – Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to President Trump’s decision to walk away from Coronavirus relief package negotiations

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Transit Workers, Advocates, Agencies to Congress: Without Emergency Funding Transit Systems Face Irreversible Harm

In a letter to Congressional leadership, 36 organizations explained that physical distancing measures, including stay-at-home orders, have taken a serious toll on demand for public transportation services. This, in turn, has placed a major strain on funding sources public transportation agencies traditionally rely on, including farebox revenue and sales tax receipts.

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Shame on White House for Threatening to Veto Transportation Spending Bill

Science has shown us that masks are a public health necessity, not a bargaining chip up for negotiation. That is why transportation workers and their unions called on the Trump administration to mandate masks onboard commercial passenger vehicles. It is shameful that this White House would threaten to veto a transportation funding bill over such a simple, life-saving measure.

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